I’m thankful for all of my grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Most of my time spent with them was during my youth, and many wonderful memories built a strong foundation over the years.
Thanksgiving and Christmas open the door to my fondest memories with extended family. The drive across our midwestern town to spend Christmas Eve with my “west side” cousins highlighted the season. The fireplace crackling and warm, a beautiful tree decorated with multicolored lights and glistening ornaments, mountains of presents, table tennis in the garage, tables of food, singing the 12 Days of Christmas together, and the anticipation of a visit from a jolly man in a red suit later that night…boy, I’d trade many things to go back there again.
But take away family from that scene, and the picture is lifeless. It’s the people in that scene–family–that make the ‘living’ memory. Hugs, laughter, kisses from grandma…love and life together.
Below is the title picture from our family blog (http://lifesummit.blogspot.com/). Without family, there can be no Lifesummit.